Saturday, May 24, 2008

Photos of work from May 22, next weeks events

Hi everyone. For this Thursday, our last class, please bring what you want to work on. I'll have our slide show and I'm going to demonstrate how to get a panel with wide sides set up, leveled with wax and ready to paint. Some people were also mentioning celery. Also, bring anything you want to have critiqued and photographed for the blog.

I asked Debbie Callahan about a small encaustic show of our class work for next fall. We'll see what she says.

Here are photos from last weeks efforts - good work.

Kristine - Distant Mountains
Alix - Lipstick on the Lawn
Alix - Beaches and Mountains
Alix - Casual Tension
Alix - Strolling with my Baby
Alix - Green Apple Pie

Sunday, May 18, 2008

wax on wood last week + this week's wants

Hi everyone. Here are the images from last weeks work.

Marco - Free Falling

Kristine - Rodeo Ropes

Alix - Scrifitti

What to bring for May 22 -
- the bar of microcrystalline wax
- tins in which to melt microcrystalline + color
- 2 (or more) pieces of good paper (Rives, Arches or other printmakers paper) to use with the microcrystalline
- a photograph, image or just an idea in your mind of what you want to paint on the paper
- the rest of the usual stuff - pigments, oil pastels, encaustic, brushes, etc.
- gessoed panel if you are still working on it

Monday, May 12, 2008

rabbit skin glue/gesso recipe, class info for May 15th

Hi everyone. Here is the gesso recipe that worked for me. It is kind of put together from a number of them. Below that is what we're doing this week.

1. put 1 Tbs. rsg crystals (Daniel Smith) in the top of a double boiler with 1 cup warm water. Let sit for half an hour.
2. heat double boiler until rsg/water is warm/hot to the finger.
3. remove the top of the double boiler from the heat, sit in a nice place and stir occasionally for 10 minutes or so until the rsg is dissolved.
This is the end of the rsg recipe.
To make this into gesso:
4. add R&F Dry Gesso through a strainer until no more gesso can be absorbed. A small mound of the dry gesso will remain above the surface. This takes quite a bit of dry gesso. You may stir gently occasionally. When the correct consistency is reached no sound should be heard when you drip the gesso from a spoon.
5. set the pan back over the warm water in the double boiler (not on the heat) and leave for half an hour.
The gesso is ready to use. If you wait to use it later, heat it gently in a double boiler. Gesso should always be applied warm.

To apply it to the board:
1. seal the board with rsg, both sides
2. apply a second coat to the top side adding a piece of cheesecloth that has been dipped in rsg. This is to give some tooth to the board so the gesso will adhere better.
3. allow to dry overnight.

4. stipple on 4 or so coats of rsg gesso, rotating the board 90 degrees with each coat. Let dry to the touch between coats. It is best to do the 4 coats of gesso in one day.

What We're doing this Week and What to Bring:
- you may want to draw/paint on your gessoed panel at home . . . or not. At any rate, bring the gessoed panel - with or without marks. We'll mark it up and apply wax when you're ready.
- bring the cradle parts and panels. We'll glue them this week. Also bring a strap clamp if you have one.
- you may bring the plexiglas to paint on. I won't bring mylar until next week.
- I'll bring the microcrystalline wax. We won't use it until next week.
That should do.

If you'd like to bring back the work you did last week (poured and painted wax over prints/paintings) please do and I'll photograph it.

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

bits for this Thursday, the 8th of May

Hello everyone. Just a reminder of what to show up with this Thursday.

Marco, just bring your electric skillet, paints and a panel to paint on. Brushes and tins also. We'll make medium in class. If you want to cradle a panel bring 5 feet of 1"x2" pine or another wood and the 12"x12" panel it is to go on.

Bill, Alix and Kristine, bring:
- panels with prints (I'll bring your Gingko drawing Kristine)
- panel with or without gesso - if you had trouble (like I did) just bring the bits and we'll try to sort it out during class. If you managed to get the gesso on without a hitch, plan on drawing, painting on it. Don't forget the double boiler if you are not finished with the gesso. And the brush, rabbit skin glue and dry gesso.
- the rest of the usual kit
- also, I have the 12"x12" plexiglas that I will show up with. Think about how you want to use the transparency.

About the gessoed board. I'm going to volunteer the panel I have already done as a place to try things. We can use that instead of my already acquired knowledge.

That should be way too much, see you Thursday.